The History of the Saracens: Comprising the Lives of Mohammed and His Successors...

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Bell, 1875 - Caliphs - 512 pages

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Page 263 - I have taken (said Amrou to the caliph) the great city of the west. It is impossible for me to enumerate the variety of its riches and beauty ; and I shall content myself with observing, that it contains four thousand palaces, four thousand baths, four hundred theatres or places of amusement, twelve thousand shops for the sale of vegetable food, and forty thousand tributary Jews. The town has been subdued by force of arms, without treaty or capitulation, and the Moslems are impatient to seize the...

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